Cesc Fabregas is set to make a rare Premier League start for the Premier League leaders against Howe’s men on Boxing Day in place of the suspended N’Golo Kante.
“I saw Cesc Fabregas come on against Crystal Palace and he was sensational,” said Howe.
“He played five or six passes that are up there with the best I have seen. You are replacing one outstanding player with another so I don’t see that will help us.”
“I saw Cesc Fabregas come on against Crystal Palace and he was sensational”
Howe is hoping that triumph will inspire his players to end the Blues’ remarkable 11 match winning run.
“Results like that reaffirm belief we can beat anybody,” he said. “We proved that last year by defeating Chelsea and Manchester United in a short period of time.
“We need players to play to their maximum levels, the opposition not to be quite at their best and a bit of luck as well.
“Last season was a great day for a football club, a marker of how far and how quickly we have come. The challenge for us is to create more memories like that.
“A lot of the players will be there again and sometimes a good result can inspire those memories to come back.
“I have the mind-set of going into every game looking to win. We will go there with a positive attitude.”
Howe has hailed opposite number Antonio Conte for transforming Chelsea back into title contenders after last season’s disastrous trophy defence under Jose Mourinho.
He said: “It will be a tall order because the run Chelsea have been on has been really impressive. The change of system to three at the back has galvanised the squad.
“Antonio Conte is really impressive with the way he took the Italy job and the way that team played and he has imprinted that style on Chelsea.
“It is not an easy system to adapt to. They look solid at the back and wing backs, Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso have been very impressive.”
Howe says injured Bournemouth duo Andrew Surman and Junior Stanislas are close to making comebacks.